Edinson Volquez (10-10, 4.88 ERA) and Masahiro Tanaka (11-4, 3.11 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Kansas City Royals (69-62) and the New York Yankees (67-63) at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium. The Royals won the last game 8-5, and Kansas City leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on FSKC and YES.
Volquez pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs (two unearned), striking out two and walking one in a 5-2 win over the Marlins. Kendrys Morales (.250, 47 Rs, 20 HRs, 59 RBIs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs and one RBI. Tanaka went 7.0 innings, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-0 win over the Mariners in his most recent start. Carlos Beltran (.292, 60 Rs, 25 HRs, 75 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Yankees, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
New York takes on Kansas City as a -127 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Royals have an overall money line of +1,021 and a record as the underdog of 36-50. The Royals have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.0 runs per game. As for the Kansas City defense and pitching staff, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Royals. The 4.1 runs that Kansas City's pitchers allow per game makes them the top staff in the AL. The Royals are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.5 hits per game so far this season.
As for their opponent, in contrast to a worrisome overall money line (-2), New York has an impressive 44-29 record when playing as the favorite. Offensively, the Yankees have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.3 runs per game by averaging 5.8 during that stretch. The Yankees allow 4.3 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 3.2 runs per game during that span. When it comes to issuing walks, the Yankees have the fewest in the AL with only 2.5 walks allowed per game.
The Yankees lead the season series, 3-2. The Royals have a 52-46 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Tanaka takes the mound. Volquez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Yankees, who have a 50-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - NYY, O/U - Over
Kansas City has won 47% (26-29) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, New York has won 54% (36-31) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Yankees are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Royals have a 42-42 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Royals are 9-42. The Yankees have a 12-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Kansas City has hit 116 this season. New York ranks 20th with 146 home runs.
Ranking 11th, New York is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.58 per game. Kansas City ranks in the top five with 8.95.
Kansas City and New York both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Kansas City sits at 26th with an OPS of .714, and New York ranks 22nd with an OPS of .724.
The Yankees are 39-51 when they allow at least one home run. The Royals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 42-50 record.